Two minute review
This is USA Health Reports’s Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 review. We’ll take a closer look at the treadmill to see how it fits in with some of its contemporaries, and how useful it is for both the office worker with a standing desk and someone who just needs an inexpensive, easy-to-store treadmill to help their steps at home while working out. watching Netflix.
That pretty much hits the nail on the head: It’s a wallet-friendly, sleek, and small offering, well worth including in our best under-desk treadmill list. It’s a snap to assemble and fits almost anywhere, even behind a sofa or in a closet when not in use. You can fold the folding riser to get a more standard treadmill shape, for many people this isn’t necessary: you can use it flat, essentially straight out of the box.
We really liked the belt for its size: it’s long and wide enough for walking and gentle jogging, but with a top speed of five miles per hour, it won’t be suitable for those who want to do a lot of running training. However, that’s not what this machine is for: it’s a hiking trail and a great value too.
If you’re looking for extra exercise in your day, whether you want to walk during meetings or watch TV in the evening, and think the way to do it is a space-saving, budget-friendly treadmill, this is the model for you. .
Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0: Pricing and Availability
The Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 costs £274.00 in the UK but is unfortunately harder to get in the US and Australia. Amazon does have some stock, priced at $487.28 in the US (opens in new tab)† That’s more expensive than the UK offering, but considering many under-desk walkpads are sold at a premium for office spaces, it’s still a reasonable price for this pocket rocket.
Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0: Design
Design Verdict: 4/5
We really liked the Bluefin’s easy set-up-and-go model. It’s as simple as taking the device out of the box and positioning it in the desired position (it has two wheels on the front for easy transport) and plugging it in. more free walking experience under the desk. The safety key is attached to this riser. The third-party Kinomap app, which connects your phone to your treadmill via Bluetooth, is a popular, easy-to-install app with over 500,000 users.
The belt, labeled ‘Task 2.0’, is nice and sturdy, but not ruthless. It’s fine for walkers and casual joggers, provided you wear comfortable walking or running shoes. The strap is narrow to accommodate the small size of the device, but not so much that it felt uncomfortable or unsafe to continue running in any capacity. It is actually a very enjoyable experience.
The unit has a clear, concise LED display that is easy to see when set up. It displays your running speed (in km), distance, time and one of six pre-programmed interval training routines accessible via the remote control and described in the accompanying manual. The speed and program run controls are ingeniously placed on a wristband for easy access, which is just a simple screenless remote.
It’s a very neat solution. However, if you plan on putting this under a desk, obscure the LED display as the wrist-mounted control won’t remind you which program you’ve selected or what speed you’re doing. While you can customize your workout via your wrist-mounted remote, you’ll need to stop and get out to check the details of your workout.
Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0: Features
Features verdict: 2.5/5
Like most under-desk treadmills and running pads, the Bluefin is a simple beast. With a top speed of 8 km/h, it is compatible with its contemporaries and has no incline settings, although we wouldn’t expect that at this level.
There are six preset interval workouts to choose from, and all of them are quite similar and somewhat uninspired. You’ll have to look them up in the manual and check what they all do, as there are no specific readouts on the treadmill’s LED display – so don’t throw the booklet away! We imagine most users end up just choosing their preferred speed and just roaming around freely while engaged in some other activity such as watching TV or doing some work.
There’s a neat feature because it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker, which can be accessed through the Kinomap app connected to your phone. In our experience, though, you’ll be using this at home or in the office, in which case you probably won’t be using your speakers to blast powerful tunes to, er, walk to. The speakers are decent quality, if a little tinny, but they’ll never win audio awards: you’d be better off with a cheap Amazon Echo instead.
The Kinomap app is also disappointing: it’s a third-party app that connects to a whole range of branded treadmills, so not all of them will be relevant to your needs. You can create a profile, set goals and view a range of stats, including logs of your workouts, but it’s all very basic functionality that Garmin Connect, the Fitbit app, or even Google Health can’t handle. You get a free 14-day subscription when you first sign up, but we recommend that you don’t continue to use it.
Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0: Performance
Performance rating: 4/5
We very much enjoyed walking and, to a lesser extent, running on this treadmill. As a walker, it is perfectly fine and very quiet, which makes it less disturbing. Instead, you can just get on with whatever you’re doing, whether it’s phone calls at work or delving into stranger things.
It’s a perfect everyday companion to start your strides in: the belt is long enough and (deceptively) wide enough to accommodate a variety of strides, and there was no “squishiness” you get in some cheap treadmills where you can take your strides. foot sagging due to a misplaced emphasis on “shock absorbing”. Instead, it’s all satisfyingly firm and responsive without being uncomfortable.
Running is okay. Obviously not what the machine was built for, but you can top it out at 5mph and get a satisfying jog, although it does rock the machine a bit. This pace will be absolutely fine as a maximum for beginners. Experienced runners will find this old hat, but they are hardly the target audience here.
I tested the emergency safety key and it responds very well and turns the treadmill off in a second or two. I’m satisfied: it’s a quiet, sturdy walkpad that will suit most people.
Buy it if…
- You want a machine to walk on at work
- You want to get more exercise at home
- You don’t have the budget or space for a bigger treadmill
Don’t buy it if…
- You want to run faster than 8 mph
- You weigh more than 120 kg
- You want lots of pre-programmed workouts and smart features